Monday, April 20, 2015

John Mark Tillman - Canada’s infamous antique thief

John Mark Tillman (Tillmann) is the Halifax-area man who pleaded guilty in late 2013 to 40 charges, including theft, fraud and possession. He was sentenced to nine years for his crimes. This ended a case in which police seized 1,600 artifacts that came from museums, galleries, universities and antique stores across Atlantic Canada.

Tillman agreed to forfeit everything — his mortgage free lake-front property valued at $700,000, a seized bank account containing more than $338,000, and everything he stole over a lengthy criminal career.
The case kicked off with a routine traffic stop in July 2012. An officer spotted a historic letter from British Gen. James Wolfe and a cheque for $1,500 in Tillman's BMW.
Police traced the letter to Dalhousie University.

In early January 2013 authorities tracked down a copy of Darwin’s "On the Origin of Species", which had changed hands several times since being sold at a Sotheby’s auction by a Canadian who bought it from Tillmann.
Police seized a number of books and war medals, including a letter written by George Washington which was stolen from the Dalhousie University Library Archives.

Washington wrote the letter in 1775 after his appointment as head of the Continental Army.

John Mark Tillman (Tillmann)
To steal a painting that hung in Nova Scotia’s legislative library, Tillmann says he and an accomplice dressed up as maintenance workers carrying tools. They simply grabbed the painting right off the wall. “They didn’t notice it right away because they didn’t think we were doing anything wrong,”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tony Sage - Oz Turdoid

Tony Sage
Antony William Paul Sage, known as Tony Sage (born 26 June 1960), is a Western Australian businessman. An accountant and fund manager, he finances and manages mining and exploration companies in Australia and overseas. He also owns Perth's A-League football team, Perth Glory. He was awarded best Australian executive by Resource Stocks Magazine in 2009 and Cape Lambert was named AIM Company of the year in 2008.

From at least 2012 to February 2014, Cape Lambert was the subject of continuing investigations by the Australian Taxation Office. The result was a $96m assessment, plunging the share value by 75%. After 2 years of scrutiny the ATO eventually settled for $2.4m
Mick Gatto helped negotiate a multi-million-dollar peace deal between the board of Cape Lambert and investors including a Russian billionaire. The parties were fighting for control of Cape Lambert since it banked $400 million from the sale of an iron ore project.
Gatto flew to London with associate John Khoury ... the pair run a "problem solving" business called Arbitrations and Mediations. Gatto and Khoury are believed to have received $1 million for their role in negotiations.

The disputing parties included Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, Tony Sage and Mick "many names" Shemesian. The meeting was called by Romanian-born oil baron and convicted heroin dealer Frank Timis. It was decided that Mr Shemesian would sell his 10.5 per cent stake, Sage would stay on as executive chairman and Mr Abramovich's company Evraz would maintain its 16 per cent stake.

Sage is also director of at least seven other listed and private companies, most of which are micro-caps. This part of his world is typified by overlap: the share registers often feature both Mr Sage and Cape Lambert Resources as separate investors, with many of his companies holding stakes in each other.

In December 2013 Mr Sage's Perth offices - including those related to the A-League club and Mr Sage's Cape Lambert Resources company - were served warrants. AFP officers returned to the offices of several of Mr Sage's business interests months later, including Kupang Resources.
Today it was reported that a Sydney stockbroker was found to have manipulated the share price of a WA uranium explorer called Cauldron Energy and has been banned for five years. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission said today 56-year-old Anton Kerstens, of North Sydney, had "a long-standing relationship" with Cauldron. Cauldron is chaired by Tony Sage.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Triad boss loses ANOTHER bid to stay in Canada

The leader of a Macau Triad has lost his latest bid to remain in Canada. Tong Sang Lai, who’s also known as Lai Tong Sang, has been fighting to stay in B.C. since 2011 when government officials began the process to deport him because of his criminal ties.

In August 2013, an Immigration and Refugee Board found Lai inadmissible to Canada. Lai then appealed the IRB ruling to the Federal Court of Canada, which concluded last March that “the record before the Immigration Division shows abundant evidence that Triads in Macau were engaged in a number of activities that any civilized country would find to be illegal and indictable; including cold-blooded murder in public, extortion, assault, and more.”

Lai then took his case to the Federal Court of Appeal, which upheld the earlier rulings.

Tong Sang Lai
Lai, now 60, came to Canada on a permanent resident visa on Oct. 20, 1996 with his wife and children arriving shortly afterwards. Within a year, his Vancouver house had been targeted in a drive-by shooting and politicians were asking how a notorious gangster managed to get a visa to live in Canada. Immigration officials explained that a mistake was made at the time as no background check was done when Lai applied through the Canadian consulate in L.A.

The deportation hearing finally took place in February 2013 with sensational evidence from police wiretaps about a $1 million contract on Lai’s head and a Macau gang war that had spilled over into Vancouver.